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Today in History

The city of Pompeii is buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
Michelangelo’s painting on the Sistine Chapel ceiling is exhibited for the first time.
Maurice of Nassau, the son of William of Orange, becomes the governor of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht.
A great earthquake at Lisbon, Portugal, kills over 50,000 people.
The Stamp Act goes into effect in the British colonies.
Lieutenant General Winfield Scott, 50 year-veteran and leader of the U.S. Army at the onset of the Civil War, retires. General George McClellan is appointed general-in-chief of the Union armies.
Wild woman of the west Myra Maybelle Shirley (Belle Starr) marries James C. Reed in Collins County, Texas.
Louis Riel seizes Fort Garry, Winnipeg, during the Red River Rebellion.
Italian planes perform the first aerial bombing on Tagiura (Tajura) oasis in Libya.
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company buys the rights to manufacture Zeppelin dirigibles.
Legendary Oklahoma marshal Bill Tilghman, 71, is gunned down by a drunk in Cromwell, Oklahoma.
Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini announces the Rome-Berlin axis after Count Ciano’s visit to Germany.
The Rodeo Cowboys Association is founded.
American troops invade Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.
John H. Johnson publishes the first issue of Ebony magazine.
Two members of a Puerto Rican nationalist movement attempt to assassinate President Harry S. Truman.
The Algerian National Liberation Front begins guerrilla warfare against the French.
The first issue of Rolling Stone hits the streets.
President Lyndon B. Johnson calls a halt to bombing in Vietnam, hoping this will lead to progress at the Paris peace talks.
The Motion Picture Association of America officially introduces its rating system to indicate age-appropriateness of film content.
Leon Jaworski is appointed as the new Watergate Special  Prosecutor.
Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.
Honda opens a plant in Marysville, Ohio, becoming the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the US.
Serbia joins the United Nations.

President Obama blasts 'politics of division'

President Barack Obama, back on the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since he left the White House, called on voters to reject a growing “politics of division” that he said was corroding American democracy.
Without mentioning Dumbass Trump by name, Obama told campaign rallies in New Jersey and Virginia that voters could send a powerful message about the type of politics they want by backing Democrats in Nov. 7 elections in the two states.

Does regulating Artificial Intelligence save humanity or just stifle innovation?

Does regulating Artificial Intelligence save humanity or just stifle innovation?

Conquer Chronic Pain Without Opioids

how to conquer chronic pain without opioids How to Conquer Chronic Pain Without Opioids
In the midst of an epidemic, doctors are trying to pivot to alternative methods of pain management

Can't Lose Belly Fat?

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A new study explains why some people can't stop eating carbs: because their taste buds are just more sensitive to them

Questions You've Always Had About Sinus Infections—Answered

Sinus Infection
7 Questions You've Always Had About Sinus Infections—Answered
Like, how can you tell the difference between a sinus problem and a cold?

Those Weird Noises You Make in Your Sleep Might Not Be Snores

groans in sleep might be snoringThose Weird Noises You Make in Your Sleep Might Not Be Snores
Find out what sleep groaning really means

Zach Miller Suffered One of the Worst Leg Injuries We've Ever Seen

Zach Miller
The NFL's Zach Miller Suffered One of the Worst Leg Injuries We've Ever Seen
Miller underwent emergency surgery for his dislocated knee

Soccer Star's Penis Was Sliced Open By Cleat During a Game

soccer star injury A Soccer Star's Penis Was Sliced Open By Cleat During a Game
Mariano Bittolo had to get 10 stitches on his penis to fix the damage

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Japan upset over ‘comfort women’ memorial in SF -- still

A statue in San Francisco honoring the so-called "comfort women" sex slaves from World War II has enraged officials in Japan, who say they're ready to cut ties with their sister city over it.
Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura sent a letter to his California counterpart last month blasting the memorial to the women used by Japanese soldiers in the 1930s and '40s, according to the Japan Times.

NBC News Severs Ties With Mark Halperin Over Sexual Harassment Accusations

Boy Killed Driver in Overpass Suicide Attempt

In a grimly ironic death in Virginia Saturday, a 22-year-old woman who worked with children with severe behavioral problems was killed when a 12-year-old boy jumped from a highway overpass and landed on her vehicle.
Police believe the boy was trying to kill himself when he jumped from the Cedar Lane overpass onto Interstate 66, killing Marisa Harris when he landed on the 2005 Ford Escape she was driving, People reports.
Harris' boyfriend was in the passenger seat of the SUV and was able to grab the steering wheel and safely guide the car off the interstate.
The 12-year-old boy was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
Harris, who grew up in Maryland, lived in Arlington and was pursuing a master's degree in clinical counseling at Marymount University.
Her mother says she had a passion for helping troubled children and, given the chance, could have helped the boy who jumped, NBC Washington 4 reports.
"She was caring—I mean she had an absolute love for children," her mom tells the Washington Post. "She was awesome. I miss her so much." Her father says Marisa is from a "long line of psychologists." "She was fearless, she was absolutely fearless," he says.
"She was loved by her friends, she was dearly loved by her family, she was admired by her peers, she was just a shining star."

Texas costume party turns deadly when man in Santa suit opens fire

A man dressed in a Santa Claus outfit opened fire at a weekend Halloween party in his Texas home, killing one person and injuring three others, Austin police said on Monday.

Peter Madsen says Kim Wall died of carbon monoxide poisoning

Danish inventor Peter Madsen has once again changed his story regarding what happened to journalist Kim Wall on his submarine. Madsen maintained that although he dismembered her body, Wall’s death was an accident.

US court blocks enforcement of Dumbass Trump's transgender military ban

A U.S. federal court in Washington on Monday blocked Dumbass Trump’s junta from enforcing his ban on transgender people serving in the American military.

Maclura pomifera may "remember" the megafauna

An interesting post at American Forests muses about the "hedge apple"/"Osage orange"/"monkeyball" (Maclura pomifera):
Consider the fruit of the Osage-orange, named after the Osage Indians associated with its range. In the fall, Osage-orange trees hang heavy with bright green, bumpy spheres the size of softballs, full of seeds and an unpalatable milky latex. They soon fall to the ground, where they rot, unused, unless a child decides to test their ballistic properties.
Trees that make such fleshy fruits do so to entice animals to eat them, along with the seeds they contain. The seeds pass through the animal and are deposited, with natural fertilizer, away from the shade and roots of the parent tree where they are more likely to germinate. But no native animal eats Osage-orange fruits. So, what are they for? The same question could be asked of the large seed pods of the honeylocust and the Kentucky coffeetree...
In terms of evolutionary time, the difference between 13,000 years ago and now is like the difference between Friday, December 31, 1999 and Saturday, January 1, 2000. We may assign those two days to different centuries or millennia, but they are still part of the same week. Likewise, all the animals and plants of 13,000 years ago belong just as much in the present. In fact, they still live in the present, with just one major exception: most of the big and fierce animals are now gone...
Now let’s return to the forlorn fruit of the Osage orange. Nothing today eats it. Once it drops from the tree, all of them on a given tree practically in unison, the only way it moves is to roll downhill or float in flood waters. Why would you evolve such an over-engineered, energetically expensive fruit if gravity and water are your only dispersers, and you like to grow on higher ground? You wouldn’t. Unless you expected it to be eaten by mammoths or ground-sloths...
It’s true that such adaptations are now anachronistic; they have lost their relevance. But the trees have been slow to catch on; a natural consequence of the pace of evolution. For a tree that lives, say, 250 years, 13,000 years represents only 52 generations. In an evolutionary sense, the trees don’t yet realize that the megafauna are gone.

NASA releases creepy radio recordings from space

NASA has released a set of creepy recordings of sounds from space just in time for Halloween.

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